Everyone around me knows I was slammed with this rush project at Ye Olde Dayjobbe for the past few weeks. Friends of current clients asked my bosses if we could design their luxury high-rise apartment in 3.5 weeks.
Did I mention that their friends' home took us 3.5 years??
But we rose to the challenge and made it happen. I worked weekends and several 12-hour days last week, and we managed to fill an apartment twice the size of mine. From scratch. So what's the lesson this week? Hiring a designer can help you get things done--fast. We worked closely with the contractors to ensure the minor renovations and changes were done on time. We rushed custom furniture pieces and shopped like crazy to find vintage items that gave the place personality. And we had access to the showrooms filled with unique high-end pieces.
Everyone who reads this blog knows that I love my mass-market retailers. They've really stepped up the game on their stuff over the years. But cruising around the showrooms and working with skilled craftsmen (upholsterers, refinishers, and furniture makers) this past month really introduced me up to whole new level of quality.
And you know what? Working with a designer can save you from sticker shock.
Take this ceramic garden stool, for instance:
The size is perfect for a side table next to a chair. It's sturdy, yet looks organic and delicate. Of course my designer discount would save you a few bucks in person here, and you could find it even cheaper online here. But when I was at the Design Center I found it on the floor of a showroom for less than half of either of those prices! (It was ordered by someone else by mistake and ended up on display. The showroom was eager to get rid of it to make way for newer merchandise.)
I wouldn't have stumbled on this bargain had I not been in the showrooms shopping for some custom fabrics!
So if you have a chance to work with a designer (hopefully me ;^) rest easy knowing that it's our job to hunt high and low for you. And if you can't hire a designer? Make friends with one--I've been helping a friend re-do his bathroom and getting him the fixtures and materials for far less than retail prices. Why? Because I like a challenge...I like furthering relationships with vendors and showrooms...I like being able to cut loose on designs that might not make it at Ye Olde Dayjobbe...
...And most importantly, I'm a nice person, dammit!
Designer will do just about anything to help you improve your home. We do it out of love! Or maybe some crazy obsession...